Last Updated: November 02, 2022, 22:38 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened to leave the Ukraine grain deal again if Kyiv violated security guarantees to Moscow, hours after Russia said it was resuming its participation in the agreement.
“Russia retains the right to leave these agreements if these guarantees from Ukraine are violated,” Putin said in televised comments.
But he added that even if Moscow withdraws again, it “will not interfere” in grain deliveries from Ukraine to Turkey.
He pointed to Turkey’s neutrality, “the opportunities of the grain processing industry of the Turkish republic” and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s mediating efforts as reasons for the Moscow stance.
Putin spoke with Erdogan before Russia announced it was re-entering the deal.
The Kremlin chief also said that even if Russia pulled out of the deal again, it would continue to “supply the entire volume (of grain) that has so far been delivered from the territory of Ukraine to the poorest countries, free of charge.”
Russia resumed its participation in the UN-brokered deal earlier on Wednesday, saying it had received written security guarantees from Ukraine on demilitarizing the maritime corridor.
The announcement came four days after it exited the agreement over a drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in Moscow-annexed Crimea.
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